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Friday Food Shop Frenzy

TGIF W+A readers! Friday has arrived and its snowing outside on the first day of spring. Normal here in New York since our winter has been pretty brutal this year. Before the snow started, I made a trip to the grocery store early this morning for some things we needed to stock up on. I'll probably be heading back tomorrow to complete my shopping for everything I will need for my 21-day fix, which was delivered one day early, yay Fedex! I kicked off my gloomy Friday morning with a hot cup of coffee and admiring my gorgeous orchid. I always love an orchid in the house, but they are so tricky to maintain. At least by week 3 or 4 my petals fall off and all I'm left with are leaves and branches. I heard you shouldn't water too often and that letting an ice cube slowly melt does the trick, but I decided to use a 1/2 cup of water every week or so. Hopefully she stays pretty and vibrant for a little bit longer.

While shopping in our local grocery store this past weekend we decided to buy these gorgeous Chilean lemon plums. They were so different looking and reminded me of the bright and sunny weather to come, so we bought two and figured we'd give them a whirl. I had mine for breakfast this morning and it was so sweet and tasty. I can't wait to go back and get more! My plum was just ripe enough and extremely juicy. Typically you will find them in stores from January through March, peaking in February. When you first buy the lemon plum they are a bright gorgeous yellow and as they ripen they begin to turn a bright sunset red. How unique looking are these little guys? And oh so good!

On my trip to the grocery store I decided to pick up the ingredients I will need for the Asian beef dish I am making this weekend. While browsing the Asian section, I decided to also pick up some sliced water chestnuts to add into the dish. I never noticed how intense the Asian section is at our grocery store. Everything from noodles to sauces and vinegars to seeds were stocked on the shelves, even the fixings to make your very own sushi rolls. I was tempted to buy some udon noodles to toss with our stir fry, but figured the big bag of brown rice from home will do. I also picked up some turkey and cheese for lunch this weekend and of course ran into these. I mean, it doesn't really get much better than Cape Cod Aged White Cheddar and Sour Cream kettle cooked potato chips. I know I shouldn't have, but I did. I hit a weak point, and hey, they ARE 40% less fat guys! I figured they would be my last treat before I start my fix on Monday. I sneaked a handful while unpacking the groceries and oh my goodness, they are worth every calorie. Fellow potato chip lovers, make these happen. You will not be disappointed.

While shopping, John had text me about wanting to make margaritas. It didn't take much arm twisting for me to say "lets do it!" So I picked up some lite margarita mix, tequila and already had the limes and salt at home. John makes a mean margarita, heavy on the tequila, light on the mix. We've tried this tequila once before and its delicious. Usually I would say Patron all the way, but when you are mixing I prefer to use something a little less expensive. This 750 ml liter bottle only cost $23 and its so damn tasty. The packaging is pretty sweet too if your into keeping your bar filled with swanky bottles.

Well the snow seems to be accumulating on the Island now and not sure how it will be later on. Hopefully not enough to keep us all in. I'll be posting my Asian beef recipe later this weekend and I think I will be crock potting some protein to top my salads for next week. Nothing like a yummy slow cooker meal during this weather. Hope you all stay warm. Happy weekend, all!


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